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Underdog Roddick confident he can satisfy home country

Novak Djokovic won't have many allies when he limps, er, walks into a hostile Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday night versus a suddenly rejuvenated and confident Andy Roddick.

Updated: September 4, 2008, 1:32 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- So what are we to make of Andy Roddick's caustic comedy riff on Novak Djokovic, the walking M*A*S*H unit who will face him in Thursday night's U.S. Open quarterfinal?

A reporter noted that Djokovic, his opponent in Thursday's quarterfinals, seems to be a little banged up, and had alluded to a sore right ankle in addition to a tender left one.

"Isn't it both of them?'' Roddick inquired, mock-innocently. "And a back and a hip?''

He was rolling.

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